Patel's comments came a day after his party colleague Kapil Sibal said that states cannot decide against implementing a law passed by Parliament.
According to sources, a section of top party leaders from the group of former CM Siddaramaiah is strongly supporting Satish Jarkiholi, trying to project him as a leader of backward classes.
Ahmed Patel and Sonia Gandhi discussed the death of children in Rajasthan, where it has its government for the past one year.
Senior Congress leaders including Ahmed Patel and KC Venugopal will hold discussion with the NCP chief on Thursday's swearing-in ceremony of Uddhav Thackeray as the state's new CM.
Talking to reporters after marathon deliberations between top leaders of the three parties which are inching closer to formation of new government, Patel said discussions will continue on Saturday.
The Congress had proposed a formula to share power where every party would get one minister each for every four MLAs of theirs, while the NCP had proposed rotational CM for 20 months each.
No decision on backing Shiv Sena yet, 'clarification' needed on all issues: Congress, NCP on Maharashtra impasse
NCP president Sharad Pawar said the two parties will discuss and evolve a consensus on what should be the policies and programs if the Shiv Sena was to be supported.
Maharashtra logjam: Sonia Gandhi speaks to Sharad Pawar, authorises three senior party leaders to hold talks with NCP
Congress leaders Ahmed Patel, Mallikarjun Kharge and KC Venugopal would be leaving for Mumbai later in the day for holding discussions with NCP chief Sharad Pawar.
Ahmed Patel is being credited for making former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda virtually the face of Congress in the state.
Patel owes his Rajya Sabha seat to Shivakumar, who had guarded and hosted MLAs from Gujarat in 2017 when alleged poaching attempts were being made by the BJP.
A special court on Wednesday dismissed the bail application of Shivakumar.
The leaders are learnt to have discussed the current political situation, including Kashmir, upcoming elections and the economic situation in the country, during the half-hour meeting.
Former Chief Minister and opposition leader Siddaramaiah alleges vendetta politics by BS Yediyurappa
Siddaramaiah, who lasted a full five-year term as CM, stressed that he had not indulged in vendetta politics, and neither had former CM HD Kumaraswamy.
The Gujarat MP was referring to the arrest of Karnataka Congress leader DK Shivakumar by the ED on Tuesday evening in connection with an alleged money laundering case.
Mukherjee will be speaking at the concluding function of RSS-organised "Tritiya Varsh Varg" on Thursday evening.